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Albay Trip : Balay Cena Una

Visiting and experiencing Balay Cena Una at Daraga, Albay was quiet nostalgic in a sense of old Filipino style house.

Balay Cena Una
Balay Cena Una

Once you enter the house made into restaurant, you will travel back in time.

Wall Garden
Wall Garden
The reception area
The reception area
Open windows
Open windows
Lamp
Lamp

There were different collections of figurines and mini model type of bicycles and motorbikes.

Wall collection
Wall collection
Bicycle Collection
Bicycle Collection
Motor Collection
Motor Collection
Owl Collection
Owl Collection

As we go up the second floor of the house, there were lots of view and old things you can see.

Staircase
Staircase

 

Terraces
Terraces

I also found Sungka board, a traditional game in Philippines we play when we were young. It was a two player game which compose of 14 small holes and 2 big holes (as a home base of player).

Sungka
Sungka

Experience also the old style table setting.

Table setting
Table setting
Utensils
Utensils

But you must try their desserts specially cheesecake and the Mt. Mayon Chocolate Boulder.

Mayon Chocolate Boulder
Mayon Chocolate Boulder (PhP 65 only)

A view of the outskirt of Daraga from the window. You can also see the Mt. Mayon from the other Capiz style windows.

Glympse of the outside world
Glympse of the outside world

And it is just a phone call away from the present era of mobile phones.

It's just a phone call away
It’s just a phone call away

The food prices is around PhP 150 – PhP 300 which I think is affordable including the ambiance. We weren’t able to meet the chef when we visited the place.

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Boracay once more

Heading back again to Boracay?

Remember some of my budget travel tips from Caticlan Airport:

  • Ride and fly by a propeller airplane
  • Register your name upon arrival.
Boracay Airport
Boracay Airport
  • Get a 5-minutes trip to Caticlan Jetty port by Tricycle Motor and book for a boat. Typical cost PhP25($0.60)/person  for Tricycle Motor minimum of 2 person and PhP50($1.10)/person fare for boat
Tricycle station in front of the airport
Tricycle station in front of the airport
  • Pay for environmental and admission fee PhP75($1.70)/person
  • Pay for terminal fee (separate window) PhP100($2.20)/person. Expect to pay on departure from Caticlan Jetty Port and when leaving the Boracay Island.
  • Enjoy 15 to 30 minute boat ride to Boracay Island
Ride the wave
Ride the wave
  • Typical cost of Tricycle Motor from the port around PhP50/person up to Station 1
  • Enjoy peaceful sunset at Station 1
  • Shop and dine in D’Mall. Tricycle ride cost PhP25/person
  • For some affordable meals, try Andok’s or Mang Inasal
  • Minimum allowance meal along White Beach is 200. It can go high depending on the food and location.
  • Tricycle ride to Puka Beach in Barangay Yapak (PhP50/person)
  • “Yapak” means barefoot in my own understanding
  • Bring a lot of sunblock if you don’t want to suffer the pain of summer but don’t hide from the sun.
  • Jog in the morning from Station 1 to Station 3 and back
  • Take a shot in Willy’s rock
Willy's Rock
Willy’s Rock
  • Enjoy the sand, sun and sea.
Boracay Sunset
Boracay Sunset